Cinema and comics are full of heroic women, action heroines, and female characters whose choices make all the difference in their stories. Sure, there are lots of damsels in distress and princesses too, and there’s room for everyone. Without those in distress, there would be nobody to save. But as film and comics begin to grow older as an art form, it’s more and more important that we not forget the amazing action heroines who have already come and, in some cases, gone.
We’ll take a look at some of the most unforgettable women who have taken charge onscreen. From simple characters to classic literary heroines, from those who were mutated and super, to others who were complicated and realistic.
We’re going to explore character by character, and in some cases, actress by actress, and discuss why they made such a big impact. This will, by no means, offer a complete listing. I’m happy to report that there have been so many amazing women in film and comics that such a feat would likely be impossible. But there will be many top 10 lists and blog entries to come that will attempt to cover decent ground.
Some characters started pop culture revolutions (See: Princess Leia and the Bikini), some were the absolute “firsts” of their kind, some hit box office milestones, and others have inspired women the world over to take a second look at what kind of role they play in their own lives.